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  • Bayern confirm Douglas Costa will join J...

    Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed Douglas Costa will join Juventus next summer in a deal that worth €46 million. The attacker was loaned to Juve in the close-season for €6m with the Serie A side holding an option to buy him for a further €40m. Juve 18/1 for Champions League t...

    Bayern confirm Douglas Costa will join Juventus permanently in €46m deal

    Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed Douglas Costa will join Juventus next summer in a deal that worth €46 million. The attacker was loaned to Juve in the close-season for €6m with the Serie A side holding an option to buy him for a further €40m. Juve 18/1 for Champions League title Costa is yet to break into the first-team at the Turin giants, having started just five of his 10 Serie A appearances. However, the reigning Italian champions will spend the full fee to take him on a permanent deal at the end of the campaign, as Bayern CEO Rummenigge confirmed at the club's annual general meeting. "Douglas Costa joined Juventus on loan last summer," he said. "At the same time he will definitively join Juventus next summer for €46m overall."  Bayern have taken a six-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga after reappointing Jupp Heynckes as Carlo Ancelotti's successor. Although the Italian was sacked early in the season, Rummenigge took time to thank him for his work at the club. "I want to thank Carlo Ancelotti. He is a good person and a very good coach," he said. "We became German champions together, but sometimes a successful coach and a successful club do not fit together. "The decision to sack him so early in the season was not easy, but professionally necessary. When I told him the decision, Carlo said: 'Okay, you are not my boss anymore, but you stay my friend.' That's something which is rare. I wish him and his team all the best."

  • Madrid target Icardi could stay at Inter...

    Luciano Spalletti is hopeful Mauro Icardi will never leave Inter, despite reported interest from Real Madrid. Icardi has been in sparkling form again this season, scoring 13 goals in as many Serie A games as the Nerazzurri lie second in Serie A heading into Saturday's away clash...

    Madrid target Icardi could stay at Inter forever, says Spalletti

    Luciano Spalletti is hopeful Mauro Icardi will never leave Inter, despite reported interest from Real Madrid. Icardi has been in sparkling form again this season, scoring 13 goals in as many Serie A games as the Nerazzurri lie second in Serie A heading into Saturday's away clash with Cagliari. Inter 12/1 to win Scudetto That scoring streak has unsurprisingly seen the 24-year-old linked with a big-money move to European champions Madrid, but Spalletti has confidence his captain is happy at San Siro. When rumours of Madrid's interest were put to Spalletti in his pre-match news conference, the Inter boss replied: "Who does not want Icardi? "I love him at Inter and when I talk to him I can sense that the city, his team-mates, the club, the fans are all things to which he is strongly attached. "I am convinced he can stay at Inter forever." Inter are two points behind Napoli at the top of the table and two ahead of champions Juventus, with Spalletti stressing the importance of continued hard work if his players are to ensure they remain in the title race. "For now there is not [a gap to the top teams] anymore, but we have to carry on what we have done," he said. "Every match, we have to start from scratch and put our quality on the field. We must play without respite - that is our motto."

  • Brazil star Robinho sentenced to nine ye...

    A court in Milan has sentenced Brazil international Robinho to nine years in prison for a group sexual assault, according to Italian state news agency ANSA. The former AC Milan and Manchester City forward has been convicted of being one of six people involved in the assault of a...

    Brazil star Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison for sexual assault

    A court in Milan has sentenced Brazil international Robinho to nine years in prison for a group sexual assault, according to Italian state news agency ANSA. The former AC Milan and Manchester City forward has been convicted of being one of six people involved in the assault of a 22-year-old woman at a Milanese nightclub on January 22, 2013. Robinho played for Milan between 2010 and 2015. He is currently with Atletico Mineiro and made his last appearance for the national team against Colombia in January. As Robinho is a Brazilian national currently residing in his home country, however, he is highly unlikely to face jail time for his offences. According to local legislation no Brazilian citizen can be extradited to another country under request to face criminal charges, although that will not apply should he leave his home nation and is detained elsewhere. Robinho's current club, Atletico Mineiro, declined to comment on the sentence, stating they would only speak through the team's lawyers if necessary. The star, meanwhile, issued a statement on Instagram denying his involvement.   Sobre a notícia envolvendo o atacante Robinho, em um fato ocorrido há alguns anos, esclarecemos que ele já se defendeu das acusações, afirmando não ter qualquer participação no episódio. Todas as providências legais já estão sendo tomadas acerca desta decisão em primeira instância. A post shared by Robinho (@robinho) on Nov 23, 2017 at 10:01am PST "With regards to the news involving the forward Robinho, regarding something that happened some years ago, we would like to clarify that he has already defended himself against the allegation, affirming that he was not involved in the incident," the statement read.  "Every legal measure is being taken about this first ruling." Robinho, 33, started his career with Santos, and as a teenager helped the Peixe to their first Serie A title for 20 years.  That sparkling form led him to Real Madrid, where he starred for three seasons before earning a lucrative move to Manchester City in 2008.  A lack of discipline, however, began to dog Robinho, and he was soon returning to Santos before a spell in Italy where the assault took place.  After a short stint at China Robinho moved to Belo Horizonte, where he has become a key part of Atletico's first team over the past two seasons alongside fellow City old boy Jo.

  • Kaka still unsure about retirement as AC...

    Kaka has yet to decide if he has played his final game in professional football and suggested he is open to taking on a role as a director at AC Milan. ACM 10/1 to win Europa League The 35-year-old played his final game for Orlando City in October, having previously confirmed h...

    Kaka still unsure about retirement as AC Milan offer role

    Kaka has yet to decide if he has played his final game in professional football and suggested he is open to taking on a role as a director at AC Milan. ACM 10/1 to win Europa League The 35-year-old played his final game for Orlando City in October, having previously confirmed he would not be signing a new contract at the end of the season. Former Milan, Real Madrid and Brazil star was in tears as he waved goodbye to the Florida side and has admitted he may never return to the field. "The last game with Orlando could have been the last one to be a professional and it was special," he told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I still have not said farewell to football, I want to take some time to think about it. "For now it's hard to talk about these things." Kaka has visited Milan to meet managing director Marco Fassone over a potential job with the San Siro side, and the idea of returning to the club he lifted the Champions League with is an enticing one. "I have to decide whether to play again or not, because from now on this will be my life. That's what I told Marco Fassone," he said. "Getting closer to Milan is beautiful and I know now there is a chance to stay close to Milan, for now it is a hypothetical situation. "I think the idea at Milan is clear for everyone: to bring them back to being a big team in Italy and Europe. I am always in love with Milan, the relationship with the team, with the club and with these fans is beautiful. It's weird for a Brazilian to have a relationship like that with an Italian club."

  • Dybala to Man Utd and Bellerin to Juvent...

    Juventus are unlikely to see Paulo Dybala leave for Manchester United or do a deal for Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin, says Pierluigi Casiraghi. The reigning Serie A champions have seen transfer talk start to build ahead of the winter window. Juve 7/5 to retain Serie A title ...

    Dybala to Man Utd and Bellerin to Juventus? Casiraghi doubts imminent deals

    Juventus are unlikely to see Paulo Dybala leave for Manchester United or do a deal for Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin, says Pierluigi Casiraghi. The reigning Serie A champions have seen transfer talk start to build ahead of the winter window. Juve 7/5 to retain Serie A title Argentine forward Dybala is among those to have been linked with a move elsewhere, with the 24-year-old conceding that he “can’t say this will not be my last year in Turin”. Premier League title hopefuls United are among those said to be keen on a man who continues to draw comparisons with Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, but Casiraghi cannot see a sale being sanctioned any time soon. The former Juve striker told bwin: "We’re not even at the half of the year, it’s too early. He had a good start, now it’s going worse, but he has to be as decisive as at the beginning of the season. "Juventus are a great team, I don’t think they’ll lose such an important player." While Dybala, who has 13 goals in 18 appearances this season, is being linked with an exit, Arsenal full-back Bellerin is being mooted as a possible reinforcement for Juve. Again, though, Casiraghi doubts that a deal could be done for a 22-year-old talent who is tied to a long-term contract in England. He added: "He's a good player, I know him well, but it’s difficult to see an English team losing such an important player. "Juventus will need so much money, and it’s difficult to fight with these teams. They have much more money than our teams." An approach for Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is more feasible for Juve, with the Germany international seeing his current contract run down at Anfield. He has been heavily linked with a switch to Italy, but Casiraghi has questioned whether Massimiliano Allegri needs another player in that area of the field. "We still have to wait for June. Juventus is a complete team, the midfield is full of quality. "[Miralem] Pjanic is a great player, there are [Blaise] Matuidi, [Sami] Khedira and [Claudio] Marchisio, finally recovered. There are so many players, it’s not so urgent. In June the situation is different."  

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